Brass Oval Scrolled Sleeve Buttons Cufflinks
Reproduction cuff links Set of 2 Brass ½"W x ¾"L Made in the USA WILLIAMSBURG exclusive!
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These brass oval scrolled sleeve buttons, or cufflinks as they are known today, are reproduced from original designs inspired by 18th-century examples. In the 18th century, sleeve buttons were used by both men and women. A man used the buttons to fasten his shirt at the wrist while a woman would fasten her shift just below the elbow. In Colonial Williamsburg's DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, "A Portrait of Deborah Glen" shows her wearing gold tone sleeve buttons. Considered a necessary accessory in the 18th century, this set of two sturdy sleeve buttons feature a scroll and flower engraving which is typical of 18th century decoration and can be seen in many applications from spoons to shoe buckets. ½"W x ¾"L
In the 18th century they're beginning to think about the possibility of mechanizing sewing. There are patents taken on the idea of a sewing machine by the mid-18th century. By the 1790s there are models being attempted, but there's no real operable sewing machine for garment-weight fabrics until approximately 1840.